Southland Tales ★★★

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Writer and Director Richard Kelly's follow up film to his cult hit Donnie Darko is a fascinating watch. A much bigger project than his debut, this film is a satire/ commentary on American military politics. The narrative's biggest problem is it's numerous characters and plot threads which not only bloats up the run time but causes the film to feel a bit unfocused in regards to it's message. That's not to say that this film doesn't have any interesting ideas. The plot thread regarding Roland/ Ronald (Sean William Scott) is compelling enough on it's own.

The performances from the cast are great. Everyone does a decent job of playing against type. Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sean William Scott are the best examples of this. The cinematography in this film is stunning, especially in the "All these things that I've done" scene.

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